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Mobile coverage to get big boost

10 Apr 2019
InTheNews

FED up with mobile service dropping in and out, visitors and workers alike will be able to have their say on digital connectivity as Maranoa MP seeks to improve mobile black spots in the Balonne.

Maranoa MP David Littleproud said he would need community and local council involvement to nominate spots in their region where their mobile service failed, with round 5 of the Mobile Black Spot Program application process now open.

"Breaks in our communications hinder emergency services, tourism, and business,” Mr Littleproud said.

To continue reading the article: click here. (balonnebeacon.com.au)

Labor budget reply: Shorten to offer ‘genuine alternative’ for regions

10 Apr 2019
InTheNews

LABOR says it will offer regional Australia “a genuine alternative” for regional Australia if elected, but the National Farmers’ Federation wants more information on its policies.

In his Budget reply last week, federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said if Labor wins the federal election it would ensure better support for dairy farmers to get a fair deal and would work to restore the health of the Murray-Darling river system.

He said Labor would also prioritise assistance to help restock the North Queensland cattle herd.

In recent weeks Labor has announced new investments in eliminating mobile black spots and will commit to “a more reliable NBN for small business” in regional areas, while extra resources will also go to regional news and emergency broadcasting, should Labor win the election.

To continue reading the article: click here. (weeklytimesnow.com.au)

Optus CEO says 5G offers gigabit upgrade path for NBN, pushes new model for last mile

09 Apr 2019
NbnNews

Optus CEO Allen Lew has called for the government and NBN Co to consider 5G wireless technology as an upgrade path for those parts of the National Broadband Network where performance is limited by the use of copper wiring, and as an alternative to laying additional fibre to households to deliver faster speeds.

The chief executive today said the government should consider a scheme run in a somewhat similar fashion to the Mobile Blackspot Program, with NBN Co leasing 5G capacity from telcos, which would bid to provide 5G coverage in a particular area.

To continue reading the article: click here. (computerworld.com.au)

Nominating black spots the only way to fix problem areas

09 Apr 2019
InTheNews

Maranoa MP David Littleproud is calling for community and local council involvement to nominate mobile phone black spots, with Round 5 of the Mobile Black Spot Program application process now open.

"Breaks in our communications hinder emergency services, tourism and business - that's why this program is so important for Maranoa and why I've been advocating so hard on this issue,” Mr Littleproud said.

"The former Labor Government didn't even invest $1 to address mobile phone black spots or help to build a single tower - only a Coalition Government has made this investment to bolster telecommunications in the bush.

To continue reading the article: click here. (m.balonnebeacon.com.au)

Optus switches on mobile tower in Wharparilla

09 Apr 2019
OptusNews

Singtel Optus has switched on a new mobile tower in Wharparilla as part of the Victorian Government's Mobile Black Spot Project,

The tower is located on an existing NBN Co site on Mount Terrick Road and will improve the mobile reception to more than 300 residents of Wharparilla and its surrounding areas.

Optus Mobile Access planning manager Vin Mullins said, “It’s fantastic to be able to deliver dedicated Optus mobile coverage to the Wharparilla community for the first time, enabling residents to stay connected with their friends and family through reliable voice and data access.

To continue reading the article: click here. (itwire.com)

Lithgow mobile black spot funding to open opportunities for business, tourism

08 Apr 2019
TelstraNews

During the fight for better phone coverage for the Kanimbla Valley and Lowther areas, locals recall a somewhat heated meeting was held at Hampton Halfway Hotel to discuss ongoing black spot issues with a Telstra representative several years back.

It was a very different reception for Telstra on Friday, April 5, as regional general manager for NSW Mike Marom called in to discuss the new tower which would be built to provide new areas of reception in the valley. 

To continue reading the article: click here. (lithgowmercury.com.au)

Telcos one step closer to mmWave 5G services

06 Apr 2019
AcmaNews

Australia’s telcos are one step closer to being able to use millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum to deliver 5G services, with the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) proposing to allow wireless broadband services to operate in the 26GHz (24.25–27.5 GHz) band under a hybrid-use licensing model.

In Australia, the first 5G services will launch using spectrum in the expanded 3.6GHz band: Telstra, Optus, a Vodafone-TPG joint venture and Dense Air all picked up 3.6GHz spectrum in an auction conducted last year by the ACMA.

To continue reading the article: click here. (computerworld.com.au)

Optus overcomes blackspot problem to deliver mobile coverage to Pomonal

06 Apr 2019
OptusNews

Australia’s second largest telco, Optus, has switched on a new tower in Pomonal in regional Victoria as it continues to provide dedicated mobile phone coverage in more areas as part of its mobile blackspot program.

Optus says the site will play a key role in providing dedicated mobile reception to more than 300 residents in the town and along both the Ararat-Halls Gap Road and Pomonal Road for the first time.

To continue reading the article: click here. (itwire.com)

Farm Beach Mobile Black Spot site switched on

06 Apr 2019
OptusNews

Residents living around the Farm Beach area will gain Optus mobile coverage after a new mobile site was switched on in the past week.

The new site, located on Farm Beach Road is a part of round two of the federal government's Mobile Black Spot Program.

The site will provide mobile coverage across 54 square kilometres, reaching more than 170 households in the area.

It will also extend coverage from Farm Beach and towards Little Douglas and Wangary along Farm Beach Road.

To continue reading the article: click here. (portlincolntimes.com.au)

Round 5 of Mobile Black Spot Program now open

06 Apr 2019
InTheNews

The Liberal and Nationals Government’s highly successful Mobile Black Spot Program is getting ready to expand mobile coverage to more communities in regional and remote areas with applications now open for Round 5.

Minister for Regional Services and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Bridget McKenzie, today released the Guidelines for Round 5 of the Program and called for applications to the competitive assessment process from mobile network operators and infrastructure providers.

Round 5 will be delivered as part of the Liberal and Nationals Government’s $160 million commitment to two new rounds of the Program, lifting our Government’s total funding to $380 million.

To continue reading the article: click here. (miragenews.com)

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